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Old 01-29-2015, 06:05 PM   #21
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I had to tell the powers that be a little early that I was on the way out, when they offered me a "new and better" position in the company. Since it was only 1 month before I was going to give them 2 months notice if I was asked to pack it up no biggie. Turns out I was on board another month longer because of a COBRA gotya.

For me experiences are not good or bad, just different
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Old 01-30-2015, 05:23 AM   #22
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I don't miss giving reviews or getting them. My main issue was the "forced" distributions of ratings you had to meet as part of the process. My last review was only about a week before I retired/took a package. I did make sure my boss was in the loop early enough not to "waste" a high rating on me that he could give to someone staying so they could get a better raise, etc. He used my offer in my review as an example of how I was willing to help others, lol.

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Old 01-30-2015, 06:00 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by RockyMtn View Post
I always thought that giving and getting reviews was a colossal waste of time!
It depends.

If you want to improve and learn, and the person giving the review actually is qualified and wants to help you, then such a system is really valuable. Sadly, those conditions are rarely all satisfied ..

I had my share of reviews, and some of them really changed my life for the better over the longer run. Some of them were indeed a colossal waste of time!
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:20 AM   #24
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I never thought much of performance reviews. I remember back in the early 1990s, I didn't get a promotion to supervisor I really wanted one year. I got Shang-haied on the performance review. A year later, I finally got the promotion and all the things they said the year before I wasn't doing (or doing badly) suddenly disappeared even though I wasn't really doing anything any differently. It reminded me of that old magician's trick of putting something in his closed hand, then saying he'll make it disappear. Then, without showing you that is has disappeared, will say, "Now, for my next trick, I will make the item return to my hand." He then opens his hand and shows you the same item (which never left, of course).

I didn't mind as much giving performance reviews, especially for newer employees whose first few years were the key, formative ones. But it was the constant wordsmithing or re-editing of them by my superiors which drove me crazy (and one time was part of the aforementioned Shang-hai in my own review).

When I switched to working part-time, I was very glad to have performance reviews removed from my workload, though. And when I reduced my weekly hours worked from 20 to 12 in my final 17 months, I didn't even get a performance review which was just fine. I was working on only 1 main project so what was the point? They just told me my raise and bonus and that was it. Took me 23 years to finally get my ideal performance review LOL!
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:00 AM   #25
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I so do not miss this BS at all! In a good working relationship between boss and employee, they are constantly in touch with each other and they both know throughout the year how they are both doing and where improvements need to be made. It doesn't take a annual document to know where you stand. Annual reviews are way to far apart to be constructive in any way. The review documents are just a method of identifying the "Bottom 10" for Corporate downsizing time.

I once had a boss who was a great guy. In our reviews, we were graded 1-5 in about 20 different categories, technical ability, timeliness of projects, how we worked with others both in and outside our dept's , how we managed our reports etc, the usual corporate BS. I got a bunch of 5's and a few 4's. I played the good employee and asked how I might improve the 4's into 5's in the upcoming year. He said he had to give a few 4's so his boss knew he was doing his job. There was no specific thing to improve. So I said why not just write that down. We both just laughed.

I had another boss who was about 2 months delinquent on performing his review on me. Late reviews were normal for the company, But 2 months was really late. During that delay, some HR brain-fart decided the company would go thru reverse reviews. Where some of the reports reviewed their bosses. These had to be returned by a certain date. I never completed mine. My boss was being pressured to have his reports complete their reviews on him. He came to me and asked why I hadn't completed mine yet and told me to complete it by Friday. I told him that I would turn mine in when he completed his review on me. I'm not sure how long it was after that I got my review, something like 3 weeks. Then he got HIS!
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:20 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by GalaxyBoy View Post

This is worth re-posting a link to:

"Bull****" Is One Word, "Performance Review" Two
Funny story. That's the sad truth too.

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